OKC Central: Build a cage and the players will come

Downtown public basketball court a hit in Oklahoma City.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: August 27, 2013

Street ball, as I discovered a couple weeks ago, is different from any basketball played in school, college or in the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

This year marks the second year for Stevenson's series of weekly tournaments, aptly named “The Cage,” featuring some of the best street basketball players in the state.

Family friendly DJs and emcees provide positive music, laughs and color commentary as teams match up.

And if you're needing evidence of how funny these guys can get, just get them debating over who lost their beloved bag of Cheetos.

Yeah, it's that kind of silly, mixed in with solicitations of the audience to weigh in on whether the referees are making the right calls.

Stevenson envisions The Cage becoming the venue for the best basketball players in the city to showcase their talents and build a fan base, becoming our own version of New York City's legendary Rucker Park.

The games continue every Sunday evening through Sept. 22 with the final week featuring a championship game. Each night features three games at 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.

Portable seating is provided for spectators, and children tend to gather close at the cage fence to get the best views.

So what's next?

Downtown will host the American Volleyball Coaches Association in December 2014. Just give Jane Jenkins and her crew a running start, and no doubt a public volleyball court will be their next addition to downtown.

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Reporter Sr.
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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